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Huawei to release "phablet" to rival Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Huawei has confirmed that it will release a direct rival to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

The smartphone/tablet hybrid, rumoured to be called the Huawei Ascend Mate, will feature a 6.1in display.

Huawei Senior Vice President, Yu Chendong, has spoken out on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo, to confirm the rumours, saying the device will come out early next year.

Although no specs have been released, Chendong did confirm that the handset would be thinner and more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. He even posted his comments from a Note 2, which he claimed he was using to research the performance and user experience compared to the Huawei smartphone.

He went on to reveal that the Huawei device would have a "more narrow border," be "more compact," and would sport a "cooler industrial design" with a "better grip."

The handset will reportedly have a 920 x 1,080 pixel full HD resolution, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and will be backed by 2GB of RAM.

Samsung introduced the first 5.5in smartphone/tablet hybrid, dubbed the "phablet" category by some, back in 2011 with the original Galaxy Note.The unusual size proved popular and the South Korean firm's latest edition, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, has already sold nearly five million units since its launch just two months ago.

This will be the first foray into the "phablet" market for Chinese telecoms firm Huawei.

Earlier this year, the company bought out one of the thinnest phones on the planet, the Huawei Ascend P1 4G LTE, also considered to be the cheapest 4G LTE handset to be released in the UK.